Watch The Video of Extraordinary moment California’s Dem Governor Gavin Newsom goes out of his way to defend Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation.

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California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom went out of his way Tuesday to defend Prince Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation amid a scandal over the late payment of a $200 filing fee, something that officials say is resolved.

 

Newsom, considered by many to be a shining light in American liberal politics, was speaking at an event in the crime ridden Bay Area promoting a $3.3 billion investment in mental health treatment.

But the governor made the unusual decision to go off-script to stand up for the pair after the recent row over the Archewell Foundation calling the charity’s work ‘extraordinary.’

‘I just want folks to know that not only are they in compliance, it was a technical paperwork issue that was wildly overhyped,’ he said.

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MailOnline earlier reported that the foundation fell into delinquency in the state of California, where it was registered in 2021, over the failure to pay a filing fee. It was later alleged that the check was lost in the mail.

However, new records show that the payment was delivered on schedule but was not processed. The reason for this is unclear.

As of Tuesday, the foundation is in ‘good standing’ by the state of California, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

‘We have diligently investigated the situation and can confirm that The Archewell Foundation remains fully compliant and in good standing,’ a statement from the charity read.

‘Due payments were made promptly and in accordance with the IRS’s processes and procedures. Furthermore, all necessary paperwork had been filed by the Foundation without error or wrongdoing.’

The governor was supposed to be promoting his new initiative to tackle the mental health crisis in California.

Those comments were followed up with a swipe at the media who covered the scandal. ‘With respect, I hope people that ran those headlines, run this headline.’

Many California-residents were outraged with Newsom taking the time the defend the Beverly Hills-charity.

‘Disappointing that as governor, he is wasting his time being a spokesperson for them and highlighting that they have done great work. What great work is that? On the other hand, he didn’t use her title,’ wrote one X user.